Preschool Books

50 of the Best Preschool Books!

I LOVE reading books to my boys! They seem to especially love funny books and books about whatever they are into at the moment. W, who is 3, is obsessed with animals so of course every book he picked out from the library the last time we went had an animal on the cover.

Books are an amazing teaching tool we have as parents and educators.  Books can teach letters, numbers, shapes, or colours, but they can also teach bigger concepts such as feelings and social skills.

This list of 50 amazing preschool books is made up of new favorites and old classics that are perfect to read to your kids!

1. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin


2. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


3. Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni


4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


5. Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson


6. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn


7. All By Myself by Mercer Mayer


8. Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krause Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld


9. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault


10. Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems


11. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr/Eric Carle

brown bear

12. Press Here by Herve Tullet

press here

13. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

llama llama

14. It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr

todd parr

15. Bear Sees Colours by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

bear sees colors

16. Ten Black Dots by Donald Cruz

10 black dots

17. If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

mouse a cookie

18. Pig Meets Pug by Sue Lowell Gallion

pig meets pug

19. Mix it Up! by Herve Tullet

mix it up

20. Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

waiting not easy

21. Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

pig the pug

22. Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

grumpy bird

23. Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman


24. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert


25. The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen


26. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown


27. Little Cloud by Eric Carle


28. Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha


29. You Get What You Get by Julie Gassman


30. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherry Duskey Rinker


31. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson


32. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen


33. Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis


34. Ninja Baby by David Zeltser


35. Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacowen and Sherry Scharschmidt


36. Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman


37. One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root


38. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow


39. The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat


40. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker


41. Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt


42. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Heather Avery and Stephen Cartwright


43. Perfect Square by Michael Hall


44. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems


45. My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall


46. Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton


46. Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas


47. Mix it Up by Herve Tullet


48. Five Little Ducks by Penny Ives


49. If You’re a Robot and You Know It by David A. Carter


50. I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont


There you have it – 50 awesome books. There are so many more, I could go on and on! Hope you enjoy reading these stories with your little ones.

What have been some of your favourite books for preschoolers? I’d love to hear from you!




2 thoughts on “50 of the Best Preschool Books!

  1. I love your list! My daughter will be 5 in 2 days and my son is 3 and I have been doing a 100 book challenge with them every summer since she was a baby. My children LOVE Pete the Cat stories. Not so much Little Blue and little yellow. Most things Mo Willems (if the pigeon is in it they LOVE it). Chicka, Chicka Boom, Boom is their classic just like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Good Night Moon. Anything Llama Llama they love. All Sandra Boynton books especially Hippos Go Beserk and Red Hat, Blue Hat. They didn’t like any of the Rhyming Dustbunnies books (the bunnies looked like monsters to them) and Todd Parr books are hit or miss. But yes I agree reading is so informative. Getting children interested in reading is all about bonding with them AND the books they love!


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